The Five Most Common Air Conditioning Problems Hurricane Homeowners Face

January 30, 2015

Although there are potentially hundreds of reasons why your Hurricane home’s central air conditioner may need to be looked at by a certified contractor, there are a few reasons that are fairly common. Recognizing what they are may help you to understand what a technician means when they discuss the routes for resolving the problem. Here are the 5 most common problems that may result in a system’s failure. Review the Top 5 list below and if any of these scenarios exist in your home, please schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Wrong AC wiring

    Improper, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is unsafe and a possible fire hazard. Bad wiring can prevent the system from getting power or can pop the circuit breaker.

  2. Your Air Conditioner is Leaking refrigerant

    Refrigerant (also known as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air in your air conditioning system. Reduced levels of refrigerant could suggest a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, usually that means there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be located and repaired. To learn about the phase out of R-22 refrigerant in the United States, we highly recommend you to visit the U.S. EPA website.

  3. Outside AC fan is not operating

    The outside fan is responsible for conveying the heat from your Hurricane home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t perform correctly, proper heat transfer does not occur and the air conditioning compressor may overheat and trip the safety overload. Worse yet, it may cause internal damage to the compressor.

  4. Outside air conditioner unit not functional

    This typically indicates a lack of power, contactor problems or even a faulty thermostat.

  5. Frozen coil

    A frozen coil mainly indicates a problem with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by old air filters or blocked return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be derived from low refrigerant.

Experts recommend that the most effective way for a Hurricane area homeowner to prevent these simple problems is by participating in a preventive maintenance program. Bad wiring, low refrigerant and airflow problems can be detected during routine maintenance tune-ups. For all these common issues, a professionally qualified, NATE-certified technician can quickly analyze the problem area and apply the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!